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Opinion: 'Drone Memo' Ruling a Model of Judicial Skepticism

By David McCraw |

Shortly before Christmas in 2011, I called a lawyer at the American Civil Liberties Union and told him I was thinking about filing a suit on behalf of The New York Times against the U.S. Department of Justice. My plan was to ask the court to compel DOJ to reveal its secret legal memoranda justifying targeted killings of Americans and others abroad. I wanted to know whether he thought we had a chance of winning.

Attorney J. Michael Farren, 57, of New Canaan, Conn, is on trial for trying to murder his wife.

Former White House Lawyer Convicted in Absentia

By Karen Ali |

As in any other serious criminal trial he's handled, Bridgeport criminal defense lawyer Eugene Riccio cross-examined witnesses and stood to make objections to prosecutor's arguments.

Attorneys from Saxe Doernberger & Vita

Litigation Department Of The Year: Saxe Doernberger & Vita Finds 'Niche Within Niche' Representing Policyholders


Saxe Doernberger & Vita leverages its specialized practice with a small but growing team to benefit its insurance clients to the tune of nearly $48 million a year in recoveries.

Pro Bono Honors: Lawyer Takes On Cases Involving Kids In Danger


Christopher Oakley first developed an interest in complex family legal matters even before he went to law school. His mother had been adopted, and her experiences inspired him to focus on family law issues while studying at Quinnipiac University School of Law.

Members of Axinn Veltrop's Litigation team.

Litigation Department Of The Year: Axinn Veltrop & Harkrider Has Patented Approach To Succeeding In Federal Court


A Johnson & Johnson subsidiary sought to stop a manufacturer of spinal implants from violating its patents related to the technology. Fast action was needed. So the company turned to a Connecticut law firm that prides itself on getting results in federal courts across the country—Axinn, Veltrop & Harkrider.

Former Executive Wins Just Under $2 Million In Lawsuit After Insurer Accuses Him Of Arson


A former Wall Street executive who lost all of his belongings in a fire at his home stands to recover just under $2 million after a jury decided his insurance company wrongly accused him of arson and refused to pay him.

Connecticut Legal Rights Project

Honors Night 2014: A Lifeline For People With Mental Illness


The Connecticut Legal Rights Project has been operating under the radar since 1990. The group provides legal services to low-income adults with psychiatric disabilities living in Connecticut, primarily on matters related to their health care treatment and civil rights.

Jury Awards $2.75 Million To Sex Abuse Victim


A jury in Willimantic has awarded $2.75 million to a woman who claims as a child she was sexually abused by her mother's boyfriend. Dawn Andalora claims the abuse began 33 years ago when she was just 7-years-old. She said the 40-year-old boyfriend, Joseph Falanga, would enter her bedroom and molest her.

East Haven Settlement Includes Restrictions On Police


Marcia Chacon, et al. v. East Haven Police Department, et al.: Lawyers for nine East Haven Latinos who settled their lawsuit with the town for $450,000 called it a groundbreaking agreement that should serve as a model for other towns' immigration policies.

Jailed Transgender Teen Moved To Psych Center

A transgender girl detained without criminal charges for two months at an adult women's prison in Connecticut has been moved to a psychiatric center for children following an outcry by her supporters.

Members of McCarter & English's litigation team.

Litigation Department Of The Year: McCarter & English Litigators Expand Reputation In Wide Range Of Practice Areas


When McCarter & English moved into the Connecticut marketplace about a decade ago, there was a general sense the New Jersey-based firm was strong in business litigation. Since then, the firm's leaders like to think the reputation has grown.

Jonathan Tabasky

Conn. Firm Sued Over Expired Microscope Patent

By Amaris Elliott-Engel |

The role of lawyers in protecting the IP output of universities is at the center of a lawsuit Brown University has filed against its outside counsel for allegedly letting expire a patent for a high-resolution scanning, magnetic microscope.

Top New Haven Lawyer Nominated For Federal Judgeship


Victor Bolden, New Haven's corporation counsel, is winning praise from Connecticut lawmakers after being nominated for a federal judge's post by President Barack Obama.

Warehouse Store Mishap Leads To $1.18 Million Settlement


Dimitrios Magriplis, et al v. Restaurant Depot LLC; RD America LLC, et al.: A soccer player from Greece who moved to Connecticut and was injured when a 200-pound pallet fell on his head at a Restaurant Depot warehouse store has settled his lawsuit for $1.18 million.

Opinion: Law Firms Are Slow To Adapt To New Innovations


What do lawyers and Pakistani factory workers have in common? More than you think. Especially when it comes to innovation. Columbia University researchers looked at how innovation spreads in a seemingly simple area—the manufacture of soccer balls.

Brotherly Relationship Dissolves In Legal Fee Dispute


For three decades, Timothy Moynahan and Martin Minnella practiced law together in Waterbury, forming a formidable practice known for its work in criminal defense as well as other practice areas. Now they're adversaries in a civil suit linked to the breakup of Moynahan & Minnella two years ago.

Opinion : Firms Must Change In Order To Survive And Thrive


The legal profession continues to contend with everything from a supposed excess supply of lawyers to fee pressures and collections. Both large law firms and small law firms are experiencing change. Will they survive as we see them today?

Connecticut Man Sentenced To Death

A Connecticut man has been sentenced to death for gunning down two adults and a 9-year-old girl in Bridgeport in 2006. A state judge in Bridgeport ruled Thursday that 49-year-old former Trumbull resident Richard Roszkowski (roz-KOW'-ski) should die by lethal injection. A jury in March recommended death instead of life in prison.

Opinion: Racial Data Aids Cause Of Justice

To the Editor: Chris Powell writes that the tracking and reporting of traffic stops and police Taser deployment, as advocated by the American Civil Liberties Union of Connecticut, constitute a distraction from more pressing problems, such as racially discriminatory drug-free zones. ("Traffic Stops, Stun Guns Aren't The Race Problem," Connecticut Law Tribune, June 23.)

Second Circuit Vacates Convicted Mortgage Scammer's 16-Year Verdict


It seemed to be done and gone, a high-profile, multimillion-dollar mortgage fraud case that landed a Norwalk businessman a 16-year prison sentence back in 2010. But an appellate court decision has thrown the case back to a federal trial court for resentencing, a move that has captured the attention of some Connecticut white-collar lawyers.

Judiciary Committee Shake-Up In The Works


The Judiciary Committee is the legislative panel that has the greatest impact on Connecticut lawyers, with its duties ranging from confirming judicial nominations to considering bills on legal topics ranging from criminal sentencing guidelines to family law reform.

Karem Friedman and Genea Bell

Cooperation Grows Among Affinity Bar Associations


With new slates of officers recently elected at the state's two largest affinity bar organizations, there is an increased focus on working together to increase diversity within the legal community.

IP Law: The 'Atomic Bomb' Of Patent Law


Part of the complexity inherent in a patent infringement suit is that infringement (or noninfringement) and most defenses challenging the validity of a patent proceed on a claim-by-claim basis.

Scam Targeting Lawyers Grows More Sophisticated


Attorney Dan McGuire has seen his fair share of scams aimed a law firms over the years, and he thinks he's pretty good at recognizing them. But he said a new version of an old scheme was so sophisticated that he felt the need to call the FBI and wants to warn fellow lawyers.

UConn Law Library

$12 Million Settlement Ends UConn Law Library Saga

By Law Tribune Staff |

A long-running legal battle over shoddy construction at the University of Connecticut law library has come to an end, as a group of contractors has settled with the state for more than $12 million.

Waterbury Hospital To Share In $297 Million Class Action Settlement


Waterbury Hospital and hundreds of other hotels, restaurants and medical facilities across the country that claimed they were overcharged by a major food vendor will likely share in a $297 million class action settlement.

Employment Law: Punitive Damages Claimed Under Fair Employment Act


Are punitive damages available to plaintiffs who prove willful employment discrimination under the Connecticut Fair Employment Practices Act, Conn. Gen. Stat. 46a-60 et seq.? That question is currently before the Appellate Court in Tomick v. United Parcel Service, AC 35896.

Conn. Not Alone In Seeking GAL Reform


Everyone from a passionate group of self-represented litigants to Connecticut's chief justice has called for some reform of the state's guardian ad litem system. Members of the legislature seem receptive to some changes.

IP Law: Trade Secrets And Patent Reform


Much has been written about the impact the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act, or AIA, is having on America's patent system. But changing the patent system has ripple effects beyond the world of patent prosecution.

Judiciary Committee Co-Chair Gerald Fox III

Judiciary Committee Shakeup Coming As Fox Leaves Legislature

By Karen Ali |

The Judiciary Committee is clearly the legislative panel that has the greatest impact on Connecticut lawyers, with its duties ranging from confirming judicial nominations to holding hearings on cutting-edge legal issues ranging from criminal sentencing issues to family law reform.

Honors Night 2014

Each year, the Connecticut Law Tribune recognizes members of the legal community for their service to the profession and for their pro bono efforts. Please join us to celebrate this year's honorees.

Lawmakers Pass 'Landmark' Bill To Address College Sexual Assaults

By Associated Press |

Connecticut lawmakers have given final legislative approval to a wide-ranging bill that attempts to address and prevent sexual assault on college campuses, mirroring some of the newly released recommendations from a White House task force.

Deirdre Daly Confirmed By Senate As U.S. Attorney For Conn.

By Law Tribune Staff |

Before breaking for the Memorial Day holiday, the U.S. Senate confirmed Deirdre Daly, of Fairfield, to be Connecticut's U.S. attorney. Daly has been serving as acting U.S. attorney for the past year, taking on the role after U.S. Attorney David Fein returned to private practice last year.

Parents Found Not Liable For Alcohol Consumed By UConn Killer


Jafar Karzoun, a 20-year-old University of Connecticut student, was punched in the face during a fight at Spring Weekend on campus in Storrs in 2011. He was knocked unconscious by the blow, hit his head on the concrete and suffered a massive head injury. He died about a week later.

Editorial: In GAL Debate, Best Interest Of The Child Must Remain Top Priority

By now, everyone is fully aware of the ongoing debate over guardians ad litem, attorneys for minor children, and the various criticisms of judges and virtually all of the legal professionals involved in contested divorce and family matters involving children. In the legislature, bills have been passed. In the Superior Court Rules Committee, changes to the Practice Book are being drafted.

Bill To Restrict Release Of Crime Scene Information Hits Snag

By Associated Press |

It's unclear whether Connecticut lawmakers will approve any legislation this session that would place additional restrictions on the public release of information from homicides as part of an effort to protect victim privacy following the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre.

Editorial: Frost, Fences And Neighbors

The snow of a fierce Connecticut winter has finally melted, releasing its icy grip on the land. The time is now upon us to repair stone walls. We can also fix a poetic injustice in Connecticut's legal literature.

Conn. Plays Key Role In National Mortgage Settlement


SunTrust, a mortgage lender and servicer, has agreed to pay nearly $1 billion to resolve allegations that it underwrote and endorsed faulty mortgage loans, according to government officials. Connecticut, 48 other states and the District of Columbia will share $550 million, according to state Attorney General George Jepsen.

Garvin Ambrose

Official: State Isn't Great At Enforcing Victims' Rights


State Victim Advocate Garvin Ambrose says that Connecticut is a national leader when it comes to having laws that grant crime victims specific legal rights. But he thinks Connecticut can do better.

State Sees Huge Drop In Bar Exam Numbers


Twice every year, the release of Connecticut bar exam results provides a glimpse of how well the latest crop of law school graduates has been trained. But beyond the passage rate, there's a simpler statistic: The number of people who sit for the test each year can be considered a bellwether of the overall health of the legal market.

Justices Weigh Legal Issues Raised By Avon Mountain Crash


The highway defect statute has provided personal injury lawyers with an avenue to sue the state when otherwise they would be immune from doing so. So if a highway is in some sort of disrepair that state officials know about and someone gets hurt, that plaintiff is likely to get their day in court.

Members of Bingham McCutchen's litigation team.

Litigation Department Of The Year: Bingham McCutchen's Small Hartford Office Has Many Big-Name Clients


Bingham McCutchen may only have eight litigators in its Connecticut office. But they insist there's no shortage of staff or resources for the cases they handle both in and out of state. After all, there are 450 total Bingham McCutchen litigators worldwide.

Award Winner Helps Law Students With Identity Issues


This year, the Lawyers Collaborative for Diversity, an organization that promotes diversity in Connecticut's legal profession, is honoring an assistant dean of student services at the University of Connecticut School of Law for her efforts with its prestigious Edwin Archer Randolph Diversity Award.

Ex-East Haven Town Attorney Accuses Controversial Mayor Of Libel


It's been two years since federal authorities charged four East Haven police officers with racial profiling and mistreatment of Latinos during traffic stops. But the controversy hasn't fully faded away.


Norm Pattis: Electronic Snooping Threatens Our Freedom

By Norm Pattis |

Did you catch the news that Eric Holder and the geniuses at Justice persuaded a grand jury to indict five members of the Chinese military? The super hackers are charged with computer crimes: they've been snooping in the electronic entrails of American corporations, by golly. That's a federal crime, the administration claims.

Quinnipiac Accused Of Title IX Violation After Firing Of Coach


Quinnipiac University is once again under fire for the handling of its women's athletics program. One year after reaching a settlement in a federal lawsuit brought after the Hamden-based school tried to eliminate its women's volleyball team, Quinnipiac now faces a second lawsuit.

Ex-Girlfriend Files Suit In Conn. Against Former NFL Player

By Associated Press |

An ex-girlfriend of former National Football League defensive end Hugh Douglas accused him in a new lawsuit of assaulting her multiple times, including an encounter at a Connecticut hotel last year that resulted in his arrest but no jail time.

Employment Law: Immigration Waiting Games


On May 12, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services proposed a rule to amend current regulations so that certain spouses of temporary H-1B specialty occupation workers may work in the U.S. USCIS does not now extend work authorization to H-4 spouses of H-1B workers.

Judge Criticized For Critique Of Defendant's Statement


A man convicted of assaulting a Western Connecticut State University student made a belated apology to the victim at his sentencing hearing. The trial judge voiced concerns about the defendant's sincerity, and said that if Zachary Jay Elson was truly sorry he could have pleaded guilty and spared the victim the ordeal of a trial.

Ronald Japha

Pro Bono Honors: Making The Courts Run A Little Faster

By Jay Stapleton |

For as long as Bridgeport lawyer Ron Japha has been representing clients in his general practice, he has been helping judges.

Easton Boy Wins $8 Million In Crash Case

By Associated Press |

A jury in Bridgeport has awarded $8 million to the family of an Easton boy who was severely injured when a dump truck crashed into their car in 2010.

Boy Awarded $8 Million After Dump Truck Accident


Thomas McCauley v. Devin Schreyer: A 9-year-old boy who was nearly killed after the vehicle he was riding in was struck head-on by a dump truck was awarded nearly $8 million by a Bridgeport jury recently.

Accident Victim's Decision To Reject Settlement Pays Off


Dario Correa v. Miguel Rodriguez: A Hartford man who injured his back after getting rear-ended at a red light was awarded $65,600 by a jury recently after turning down a defense settlement offer of $19,000.

New Program Designed To Expedite Civil Litigation


A new program rolling out in state courts should be of interest to civil litigators tired of spending hours sitting around a courthouse, only to argue motions to a judge unfamiliar with their case.

Conn. Muslim Says FBI Retaliated When He Refused To Become Informant


A West Haven man claims he refused to become an FBI informant. The result, Naveed Shinwari says in court papers, was he was put on the United States no-fly list and was unable to board a flight to take a temporary job in Florida.

Supreme Court Sets Rare Summer Session For Death Penalty Case

The state Supreme Court has scheduled a rare summer special session to hear the death penalty appeal of Russell Peeler Jr., who ordered the 1999 killings of a woman and her 8-year-old son in Bridgeport.

Colleen Murphy

Ruling Allows Police to Limit Release of Information

By Christian Nolan |

In a 7-0 decision, the state Supreme Court ruled that state law allows police to release only the most basic information about an arrest while prosecution is pending.

Connecticut Bar Exam Results

The following list contains the names of everyone who passed the February 2014 Connecticut bar examination. However, not everyone on this list has been recommended for admission to the bar.

Federal Judge Dismisses ADA Complaint Against State Court System


A federal lawsuit filed by a woman who claimed the state Judicial Branch violated her rights under the Americans With Disabilities Act during a contentious family court proceeding has been dismissed after a judge ruled that the woman does not meet the ADA's definition of disabled.

Two Major Conn. Firms Hire Employment Law Veterans


Two major Connecticut law firms have hired employment lawyers with decades of experience to bolster their practices. Robert C. Hinton, the president of the New Haven County Bar Association, has joined Pullman & Comley and will be based in the Hartford office. Matthew T. Miklave, a former counsel and trial attorney for the National Labor Relations Board, is a new addition at Robinson & Cole.

Ex-East Haven Town Attorney Accuses Controversial Mayor Of Libel


It's been two years since federal authorities charged four East Haven police officers with racial profiling and mistreatment of Latinos during traffic stops. But the controversy hasn't fully faded away.

Settlement Bars Placement Of Mentally Ill In Nursing Homes

By Associated Press |

Connecticut officials have agreed to stop housing many mentally ill people in nursing homes in a proposed settlement of an 8-year-old lawsuit involving more than 200 psychiatric patients.

Opinion: ABA Touts Benefits To Small Firm, Solo Lawyers

Dear Editor, As a solo attorney in Connecticut and the incoming chair of the American Bar Association Solo, Small Firm and General Practice Division (GPSolo), I wanted to let Connecticut lawyers know that the ABA provides an incredible value for the Main Street lawyer.

State Restricts Mental Health Questions To New Lawyers


The Connecticut Bar Examining Committee has unanimously voted to change some of the questions it asks of new law license applicants regarding any mental health conditions they might have, making it less likely that law students will avoid being treated for substance abuse or depression out of fear it might ruin their careers.

Danbury Lawyer Joins National Plaintiffs Team Suing General Motors


A Danbury lawyer who has been active in the national class action involving the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico is taking on another giant case. Agostino Ribeiro, a partner at Ventura, Ribeiro & Smith, has teamed up with Missouri lawyer Dan DeFeo and Louisiana attorney Ronnie Pention to bring legal claims against General Motors over its recalls for ignition-switch defects.

$100,000-Plus Pensions For Older Judges Under Attack


As it stands, any lawyer who is nominated for a state judgeship and serves on the bench for even the briefest period is eligible for a pension equal to two-thirds of his or her judicial salary. A Superior Court judge currently makes $154,559 annually, meaning a pension would pay about $103,000 a year, plus benefits.

Lottery Case Makes Loser Out Of Winner


More than 25 years ago, an Iowa man was lucky enough to win $3 million in his state's lottery. But that's where John Flanery's good fortune ended.

Conn. Judges Return From African Conference With New Perspective


Editor's note: Connecticut Superior Court Judges Patty Jenkins Pittman and Mary Sommer attended the 12th biennial conference of the International Association of Women Judges (IAWJ), in Arusha, Tanzania, in early May. This is their account of what they call the trip of a lifetime.

Robinson & Cole Unveils New Logo As Part Of Rebranding Effort


A law firm's logo is more than just something to decorate business cards and stationery. It can serve as an important marketing tool by conveying a message to prospective clients about the firm's goals and values.

More Family Law Reforms In Works, Legislators Say


A bill that reforms many elements of the state's guardian ad litem system now awaits the signature of Gov. Dannel Malloy. If he signs it, no one will be particularly happy.

Probate Clerk Says Pro-Union Testimony Led To Firing


Back in February, Kristen Rich testified before a legislative committee in favor of a bill that would have allowed Connecticut's probate court workers to unionize. Rich, who was then a clerk in the Stamford Probate Court, said she was unhappy about pay and concerned about job security.

Sandy Still Raising Insurance Claim Issues


In the 18 months since Superstorm Sandy swept in from the Atlantic, Connecticut lawyers have been untangling knotty legal issues that have arisen concerning insurance coverage for home and business owners who suffered property damage.

Editorial: Mandating Safe Storage Of Handguns

The New York legislature recently proposed the "Safe Weapon Storage Act," otherwise known as Nicholas' Law, having found that "the presence of unsecured, easily accessible, weapons in homes and other places increases the likelihood of death or injury from accidents and impulsive acts.

Lawmakers Consider Granting Immunity To Those Who Administer Narcan


The Connecticut Legislature is making an effort to prevent heroin-related overdoses. One side effect may include reducing the potential civil liability of those who might provide lifesaving medication to drug users.

Plan Is Offered To Solve Medical Custody Dispute Involving Connecticut Teen

Massachusetts officials announced a plan Monday to return a teenager in a custody dispute involving different diagnoses by two hospitals to her home state of Connecticut to be closer to her family, but her family objected to it, calling it a "slap in the face."

Howard, Kohn, Sprague & FitzGerald traces its roots to 1786, when it was founded by Enoch Perkins.

Conn. Firm Has Rival For Title Of Oldest Law Practice In U.S.


It's sort of like the old chicken-or-the-egg riddle: It makes for entertaining debate, but no easy answers. The debate over which law firm is the nation's oldest has been revived by a recent article in the ABA Journal. The discussion resonates in Connecticut, where the Hartford firm of Howard, Kohn, Sprague & FitzGerald has for many years claimed the title, tracing its roots to 1786, when it was founded by Enoch Perkins.

Frequently Absent Attorney Faces Contempt Hearing


It's not big news when a defendant in a criminal case or a plaintiff in a civil case fails to show up for a court appearance. But it's a bit more problematic when a lawyer constantly misses court dates.

Editorial: A New Direction In Legal Education

Changes in the legal marketplace are causing legal educators to rethink the nature, purpose and substance of legal education. As reported in these pages, Timothy Fisher and Jennifer Gerarda Brown, the recently appointed deans of the University of Connecticut School of Law and Quinnipiac School of Law, are enthusiastically and energetically embracing the opportunity to review old assumptions about what it means to be an attorney.

Health Law: Data Breaches In Health Care


Technology within the health-care industry is changing rapidly. With the expansion of electronic information comes the risk of loss. This risk is heightened in the health-care industry because recent regulatory changes have expanded the responsibility of health-care organizations and their business associates to protect health information.

Conn. Pharmaceutical Company Agrees To $650 Million National Settlement


Ridgefield-based Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals has agreed to pay $650 million to settle thousands of claims that an antistroke medication caused excessive bleeding.

Opinion: CBA Engaged In 'Continuous Pursuit' Of Diversity

To the Editor: Although the commitment of the Connecticut Bar Association to maintain and expand diversity in fact and in spirit has been a pledge of all recent presidents, we acknowledge that the CBA could and should be even more diverse and that the creation of full diversity within the association is a work in progress.

Firm Dissolves After Partner Leaves For Judgeship


The appointment of a Hartford lawyer to a Superior Court judgeship has led to his firm dissolving and its lawyers joining forces with a Simsbury firm. Cesar A. Noble, who had been president and managing partner of Noble, Spector & O'Connor, was recently confirmed by the legislature.

Conn. Lawsuit Challenges Obamacare Abortion Provisions


The head of a right-to-life group and his wife have filed what's being billed as a groundbreaking federal lawsuit in Connecticut, challenging the health care options available in the state under the Affordable Care Act.

Civil Litigation Reform Pro: Bloated, Costly System Must Be Reformed

Looking at excessive litigation costs and time delays as techniques in themselves by which a party can force settlement is a distortion of what the civil justice system is intended to be.

Law Firm Break-Up Leads To Lawsuit Over Client Files


Timonthy Moynanhan and Martin Minella practiced law together for three decades years in Waterbury, forming a formidable practice known for its work in criminal defense as well as other practice areas.

Fall Outside Hair Salon Results In $480,000 Settlement


Carmen Correa v. John Moneymaker, et al.: A New Britain woman who fell on ice outside of a hair salon, broke her leg, had two surgeries and now walks with a cane and a permanent limp has settled her lawsuit for $480,000.

Convicted Murderer Objects To Husband's Testimony


Summary: A woman convicted of murder is appealing on grounds that the testimony of her now ex-husband was protected marital communications and should not have been used against her at her criminal trial.

Prosecutors Announce More Arrests In $80 Million Drug Heist

By Associated Press |

Three Florida men who federal authorities say stole about $80 million in prescription drugs from an Eli Lilly warehouse in Connecticut have been charged with conspiracy and theft, according to the the U.S. Attorney's Office.

Attorney Timothy Moynahan

College Names Law Library Collection After Local Lawyer


Waterbury criminal defense and personal injury lawyer Timothy Moynahan, who has practiced for 50 years, has no shortage of courtroom wins under his belt. But when Post University students mention his name in the future, it will likely be in reference to a trip to the school library rather than a nearby courthouse.

Members of Conway Stoughton litigation team.

Litigation Departments Of The Year 2014

The Connecticut Law Tribune's annual Litigation Departments of the Year competition was truly a case study. We had well over 30 law firms submit nearly 60 applications, with some firms opting to compete in more than one category. We picked 15 winners.

Danbury Lawyer Joins National Plaintiffs Team Suing General Motors


A Danbury lawyer who has been active in the national class action involving the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico is taking on another giant case. Agostino Ribeiro, a partner at Ventura, Ribeiro & Smith, has teamed up with Missouri lawyer Dan DeFeo and Louisiana attorney Ronnie Pention to bring legal claims against General Motors over its recalls for ignition-switch defects.

Rowland Seeks Dismissal Of Campaign Charges

By Associated Press |

Former Gov. John G. Rowland is seeking the dismissal of federal charges that accused him of trying to create secret consultant roles with two congressional campaigns, saying he did nothing wrong.

Attorney Emanuele 'Manny' Cicchiello

IT Worker Gets $536,000 For Wrongful Termination


Jason Bissonnette v. Highland Park Market Inc.: A former employee of a Connecticut supermarket chain has been awarded about $536,000 after a jury decided that he was wrongfully terminated when he took time off to have back surgery for an injury he claimed to have suffered while on the job.

Waterbury Lawyer In Trouble Over No-Shows

By Karen Ali |

A Waterbury attorney who had his law license deactivated in December after he failed to show up to represent clients in court is facing contempt charges for not turning files over to another lawyer to handle those cases.

Parents Press Emotional Distress Claim After Son's Suicide


Summary: Parents who saw their son hang himself are contesting a trial judge's decision to dismiss their bystander emotional distress claim filed as part of their medical malpractice lawsuit against the hospital that had released their son earlier that morning.

New Law Shields Users Of Anti-Overdose Medication From Lawsuits


Gov. Dannel P. Malloy has signed legislation that grants civil and criminal liability protection to a bystander who administers naloxone hydrochloride — known as Narcan — in good faith to someone who has overdosed.

Attorney Thomas Murphy

$10 Million Verdict Returned In Domestic Violence Wrongful Death Suit


In a wrongful death lawsuit filed against the Town of Plainville and two of its police officers, a Connecticut jury has awarded $10 million to the family of a woman killed by her ex-boyfriend on Valentine's Day 2009.

Defense Says $10 Million Verdict Could Spur Domestic Violence Lawsuits Against Police


A jury has awarded $10 million to the family of a woman who was stabbed to death after police officers allegedly failed to enforce a restraining order against her ex-boyfriend, leading one defense attorney to predict that Connecticut police departments will face a wave of lawsuits by domestic violence victims.

Editorial: The Dominican Republic's Plan For Immigrants

In September 2013, the highest court in the Dominican Republic issued an immigration ruling that sparked outrage throughout the international community. The court ruled that any person who was born in the Dominican Republic to parents who were illegal immigrants would not be considered a legal resident of the Dominican Republic.